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Magen Cubed is a novelist and comics critic. Her superhero/SFF series THE CRASHERS is coming soon from Booktrope.
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Review: 8House #3

Review: 8House #3

September 6th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
8House #3 by Image Comics is a fascinating read and our Magen Cubed is here with an equally fascinating review. As a visual medium, comic books have a unique potential for innovative storytelling. This gives writers and artists freedom to play with narrative in interesting,...
Review: Zodiac Starforce #1

Review: Zodiac Starforce #1

August 26th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Zodiac Starforce #1 from Dark Horse Comics is a nostalgic romp into the Magical Girl genre. Plucking inspiration from Sailor Moon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and 1980s Saturday morning cartoons, writer Kevin Panetta and artist Paulina Ganucheau (with color assists by Savannah Ganucheau) put an...
Why Midnighter Is So Important For Queer Fans

Why Midnighter Is So Important For Queer Fans

August 19th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Midnighter is an important comic for the LGBT community. Our Magen Cubed is here to explain why. My relationship with queer superheroes has always been a little complicated. As a child growing up in the 1990s, I came into my own reading Marvel Comics and...
Image Comics And The Female Experience

Image Comics And The Female Experience

August 6th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Image Comics is home to some of the most compelling female-centred content in comics and our Magen Cubed is here to take a deep dive into their latest offerings. There has been a great deal of discussion in the last few years about the role...
How Starve Explores America’s Relationship with Food

How Starve Explores America’s Relationship with Food

July 31st, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Starve from Image Comics is a sharp character drama that examines America's increasingly bizarre relationship with food. The creative team, consisting of writer Brian Wood, artist Danijel Zezelj, and colorist Dave Stewart, do so by lampooning the melodrama of competition cooking shows. Taken on face-value,...
Wolf #1: The Spirit of Film Noir

Wolf #1: The Spirit of Film Noir

July 24th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Wolf #1 from Image Comics promises a city full of monsters and the pulpy swagger of crime noir. The creative team, consisting of writer Ales Kot, artist Matt Taylor, and colorist Lee Loughridge, deliver on that promise with bravado. Theirs is an otherworldly Los Angeles...
Negative Space #1: The Monster Of Mental Illness

Negative Space #1: The Monster Of Mental Illness

July 16th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Negative Space #1 from writer Ryan K. Lindsay and artist Owen Gieni is a book about monsters. The horror its cover promises is one of subterranean nightmares, where fleshy pink tendril creatures stand at the ready outside lavish stone altars. Hooded figures loom in the...
Review: Shutter #13

Review: Shutter #13

July 11th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Shutter #13 from Image Comics is a book about a lot of things. Despite its fantastical settings, off-kilter storybook cast, and the distinctive theatricality of Kristopher clan drama, this title’s lofty yet deeply personal themes often fly close to the sun. To the credit of...
8House: Arclight #1 – A Softer Kind of Fantasy

8House: Arclight #1 – A Softer Kind of Fantasy

July 3rd, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Images Comics' 8House: Arclight #1 by writer Brandon Graham and artist Marian Churchland presents a different kind of fantasy story. In a pop culture landscape currently dominated by the harrowing violence, political intrigue, and hard edges of worlds like G.R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, 8House...
Why Fight Club Two Misses The Mark

Why Fight Club Two Misses The Mark

June 29th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Fight Club 2 from writer Chuck Palahniuk and artist Cameron Stewart promised to be a return to postmodern brutality, irony, and fun. When Dark Horse Comics announced the title, I was excited. Fight Club has been one of my favorite books and films respectively since...
Empty Zone #1: Death and Cyberpunk

Empty Zone #1: Death and Cyberpunk

June 20th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Empty Zone #1 from creator Jason Shawn Alexander and Image Comics trades on a very specific kind of sci-fi nostalgia. Steeped in allusions to notable classics like Tank Girl, Blade Runner, and William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy, Empty Zone wants to be an amalgamation of your...
Starve #1: A Culinary Battle Royale

Starve #1: A Culinary Battle Royale

June 15th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Image Comics' Starve #1 from writer Brian Wood, artist Daniel Zezelj, and colorist David Stewart has a bone to pick with the modern state of cooking shows. In a world of increasingly hyperbolic culinary tournaments, the simple act of teaching others to cook has morphed...
What’s Missing from Jem and The Holograms

What’s Missing from Jem and The Holograms

June 13th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
IDW's Jem and The Holograms has a great deal going for it, as it rides a wave of 80s nostalgia, positive messages, and critical acclaim.  Over the course of its augural arc Showtime, writer Kelly Thompson, artist Sophie Campbell, and colorist M. Victoria Robado have given...
Airboy #1: Sex, Drugs and Comic Books

Airboy #1: Sex, Drugs and Comic Books

June 11th, 2015 | by Magen Cubed
Image Comics' Airboy #1 from James Robinson and Greg Hinkle is a sharp, cynical, and uncompromisingly funny look at the comic book industry. In an age of reboots and reimaginings, as nearly-forgotten properties like Marvelman (now published as Miracleman due to legal issues) and Flash...

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